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WIC Food Package Policy Options II

Last Published: 05/11/2017

In 2007, USDA introduced a new set of food packages via an Interim Rule based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, which were implemented by October 2009. The contents of the food packages were finalized via a Final Rule in 2014. The Final Rule clarified some provisions in the Interim Rule and allowed some additional options and substitutions.

This study describes some of the choices WIC State Agencies made as they exercised the flexibility offered during the implementation of the Final Rule, describes the resulting food packages, and examines the main differences in the food packages between the Interim and Final rules.